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Escape The Fate
Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Epitaph Records

Las Vegas, Nevada natives Escape The Fate introduced their brand of hardcore/punk metal with an EP earlier in the year entitled There's No Sympathy For The Dead. ETF's debut full length album Dying Is Your Latest Fashion is loaded with bombarding drums, fiendish guitar riffs, and finely carved vocals that scale the dotting rhythms, flexing and expanding with an Eighteen Visions foment. They lock in stormy choruses and torrential instrument sessions with battering motions having an Atreyu crush and a From First To Last metallic clanging through the verses.

From beginning to end, the album precipitates with a fierce urgency and winded instrument parts shown on "The Webs We Weave," "Situations," and "Reverse This Curse." The vocals of lead singer Ronnie Radke shout, dribble, and refract with an instinctive gauge, knowing where to place his vocal melody through the motions. The raveling guitar creases and blustering colonnades crafted by Bryan Money and Omar Espinosa crackle and flame through the metallic folds. The bass plaits of Max Green and the thundering drum cuts of Robert Ortiz ramrod with hardcore tunage and percolate the beats with an Autumn To Ashes vane. Escape The Fate's movements are fierce, hotblooded, and rapacious but portray similar dynamic feats as Logan Square, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and Underoath.

The season of hardcore/punk metalists is inciting each band to outdo their measurements of blistering gales, but in the process creating a tunnel vision for their songs. Escape The Fate's strength lies in their flexibility for scaling vocals which move from screamo to wistful. They shroud the vocals in stormy stratospheres which makes their repertoire repetitive. Although it expresses the mood in their lyrical content which is personable with a woeful-incline to its phrasing like for "The Day I Left The Womb": "If you see mother tell her I can sing/ Please don't worry/ I am doing fine/ You're much too busy to even find the time/ So use your chemicals and take this to your grave/ The boys you left are men you didn't raise."

"The Day I Left The Womb" along with "There's No Sympathy For The Dead" are stand out tracks which stretch ETF's sonic flairs with cello intervals performed by Dave Holdredge. "The Day I Left The Womb" also features acoustic guitars which exposes the listener to another side of the band and projects more from the band's mashing hardcore/punk metal dirges. The songs are geared for the hardcore/alternative rock audience, but a surplus of it on one album causes the album to become stagnant and narrows ETF's scope of expression.

Produced by Michael Baskette, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion is a fully loaded debut album that starts Escape The Fate out on a solid footing. Their capabilities are proficient and their potential is expansive. They pull out hardcore as fierce as Atreyu and acoustic rock as riveting as Stone Sour.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. The Webs We Weave
2. When I Go Out, I Want to Go Out On a Chariot of Fire
3. Situations
4. The Guillotine
5. Reverse This Curse
6. Cellar Door
7. Theres No Sympathy for the Dead
8. My Apocalypse
9. Friends and Alibis
10. Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliche
11. The Day I Left the Womb

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